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Arrival of Prime Minister Gabriel Attal at the first council of ministers at the Elysée Palace in Paris, January 12, 2024.

A slight misstep to start with. Thursday January 11, simply forty-eight hours after the appointment of Gabriel Attal as head of presidency, the Hôtel de Matignon indicated that the brand new Prime Minister would quickly meet the social companions. An announcement which shocked, even irritated a number of the actors involved, as a result of they realized about it from a dispatch from Agence France Presse. “Strange and not very respectful”slips a union chief, below the seal of anonymity. “You must communicate with us before communicating with the press”reacted on Sunday through the “Grand Jury RTL-Le Figaro-M6″, Sophie Binet, the general secretary of the CGT, criticizing a method “very messy”.

Finally, the first two meetings scheduled for the afternoon of January 11 – with Medef then the CFDT – were canceled and rescheduled for later dates. The central party was to be received on Tuesday January 16 and the CGT the next day, the discussion times with all the protagonists being spread over two weeks.

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Mr. Attal inherits a fairly busy social agenda, with – in particular – the negotiation between employers’ and employees’ organizations on the employment of seniors which started on December 22, 2023. If the discussions lead to an agreement, this -this is intended to be transposed into a legal text by next summer. This is, in any case, the commitment made by Elisabeth Borne, the former tenant of Matignon, whose listening skills were appreciated by the social partners. One of the questions that now arises is how his successor will proceed to establish links with these interlocutors.

Doubts about its room for maneuver

With employers, Mr. Attal isn’t ranging from scratch: “We had established a good relationship with him, Attal, when he was Minister for Public Accounts [de mai 2022 à juillet 2023]and I worked to consolidate it as soon as it took office, then, in national education, around the issue of the reform of vocational high schools and, more generally, of education”, says Patrick Martin. The president of Medef is now watching the future general policy declaration from the Prime Minister, “but with a very favorable a priori, on the basis of our previous relations, his first speeches and the experienced and reforming profile of the government announced to date”.

Kindness can also be required throughout the Confederation of Small and Medium Enterprises. Its vice-president, Eric Chevée, says he has been “bluffed” by Mr. Attal when he participated in a commerce honest orchestrated, on the finish of November 2023, by the employers’ group. It does not matter that the 30-year-old has restricted enterprise expertise: “At least it won’t be polluted by anything”provides Mr. Chevée, who wonders, all the identical, about Mr. Attal’s skill to “oppose Emmanuel Macron” if the top of state needs “override the social partners”.

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